A 57-year-old South Boston man, William Michael White, will serve an effective three years in prison for felony shoplifting after being sentenced in Halifax County Circuit Court on Friday.
Judge S. Anderson Nelson sentenced White to five years in prison, with all but three years suspended, for felony shoplifting.
Nelson also sentenced White to a 12-month suspended sentence for identity theft, he revoked six months of White’s previous sentence for a probation violation on a felony offense, and he revoked but re-suspended any time for another probation violation.
Nelson ordered the suspended portion of White’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for five years, ordered him to be placed on probation for two years and ordered him to pay $56.99 restitution to Wal-Mart.
Other court cases
• Barbara Smith Ramsey, 35, of Nathalie pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge for unlawful wounding.
Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Judge Joel C. Cunningham sentenced Ramsey to five years in prison, with all but one year suspended, and he ordered the defendant to be placed on probation for two years.
Additionally, Cunningham ordered Ramsey to undergo drug and alcohol counseling, and he ordered the defendant to have no contact with and stay away from Peggy Elliott and Elliott’s immediate family.
The sentence was within the sentencing guidelines that the court is required to consider when deciding any active term of incarceration, according to Martin.
“This was a domestic dispute. The victim became uncooperative with the commonwealth in pursuing the case, and law enforcement was very much on board with this resolution,” she added.
• Timothy Brad Puryear, 37, of South Boston was sentenced Friday to five years in prison, with all but 12 months suspended for possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance, and he also was sentenced to a five-year suspended prison term for another charge for possessing a Schedule I/II controlled substance.
Nelson also sentenced Puryear to a 12-month suspended jail term for possession of marijuana, with all suspended time conditioned on Puryear’s good behavior for five years, and he ordered him to be placed on probation for two years.
Nelson ordered Puryear to complete the Community Corrections Alternative Program upon his release, ordered him to pay court costs in full within five years and ordered his operator’s license suspended for 18 months.
• John Tyronne Jones, 47, of South Boston was convicted Friday of a felony charge for unlawful wounding.
Sentencing for Jones was continued to a date in the May court term
• Muray Druvell Sanford, 49, of South Boston was sentenced Friday to five years in prison, with all but three suspended for felony shoplifting.
Nelson ordered the suspended portion of Sanford’s sentence be conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for five years, ordered him placed on probation for two years, ordered him to submit to random drug screening and ordered him to pay court costs within four years.
• Kamonn Devonne Mitchell, 28, of Scottsburg had three felony charges against him nol prossed on Friday, upon a motion by the commonwealth.
The commonwealth nol prossed two charges against Mitchell for breaking and entering and one for a probation violation.
• Johnny Owen Clay, 28, of Scottsburg was convicted Friday of felony shoplifting, felony possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of a Schedule III controlled substance.
Sentencing for Clay was continued to a date in the May court term.
• Jamel Lamar Faulkner, 44, of South Boston pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge for child neglect.
Under terms of a plea agreement, Judge Cunningham sentenced Faulkner to a five-year suspended prison term, conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for five years, and he ordered him to be placed on probation for two years.
Cunningham additionally ordered Faulkner to abstain from illegal drugs and alcohol and complete a parenting course.
The commonwealth consulted with the investigating officer and the department of social services before agreeing to the conviction with suspended time, according to Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Q. Martin.
“Witnesses necessary to the prosecution were unavailable to us, and our primary goal became to obtain the conviction against the defendant in order to facilitate a federal sentencing revocation,” said Martin. “Our conviction should now help secure additional federal prison time. The child was not harmed during this event.”
The federal charges against Faulkner were for distribution and conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, according to Martin.
• Amy Marshall Davis, 35, of Alton pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge for forging and uttering and three misdemeanor charges including two for obtaining money under false pretenses and one for petty larceny.
Sentencing for Davis was continued to a date in the April court term.
• Danta O’Brien Clardy, 24, of South Boston pleaded no contest Friday to a probation violation.
Cunningham revoked one year and six months of Clardy’s previously suspended jail time, and he extended Clardy’s probationary period for two years.
• Allison Peyton Stevens, 23, of South Boston pleaded guilty Friday to possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Cunningham sentenced Stevens to a 10-year suspended prison term for the possession charge and a 12-month suspended term for possession of drug paraphernalia, conditioned on Stevens’ good behavior for 10 years.
Cunningham ordered the suspended sentence be conditioned on Stevens’ good behavior for 10 years and ordered her to be placed on probation for five years.
Cunningham also ordered Stevens to be enrolled in a drug treatment program deemed appropriate by the probation department, and he ordered the defendant to undergo drug counseling and treatment.
• Charlie Calvin Barksdale, 63, of South Boston, was convicted Friday of a violation of his good behavior provisions as ordered by the court.
Cunningham continued disposition of the case in order for the defendant to finish paying restitution.
• Ricky Carlton Walker, 40, of Halifax pleaded guilty Friday to possession and/or transportation of a firearm as a felon, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm with a controlled substance.
The commonwealth moved to nol pros a charge against the defendant during the hearing for possession of ammunition as a convicted felon.
Nelson sentenced Walker to five years in prison, with all but two suspended for the firearm possession/transportation charge, to a 10-year suspended term for the drug possession charge and a five-year suspended term for possession of a firearm with a controlled substance.
Nelson ordered the suspended portion of Walker’s sentence be conditioned on the defendant’s good behavior for 20 years and ordered him to be placed on probation for two years.
Nelson also ordered Walker to submit to substance abuse screening and submit to random drug screens as well as suspend Walker’s operator’s license for six months.
The court also ordered Walker to pay all court costs in full within four years.